'-- Presidential campaigns are MRIs of the soul. They tell us a lot about a candidate’s character. When Trump defended Lewandowski in the wake of his incident with a Breitbart News reporter last month, many stories were written about what an intensely loyal fellow he is. Trump himself talked about how he fights for people who fight for him. That is a false narrative.
'“Far from a tight-knit family of blood brothers, The Donald’s inner circle has been purged and repopulated many times over the years,” BuzzFeed reported recently, offering many examples. “Devoted workaholics burn out and flame out. Longtime alliances end with lawsuits and tabloid sniping. Sometimes reconciliation follows, sometimes grudges endure.”'
The WP "Daily 202" goes on to talk about how Trump treated Roy Cohn.
Roy Cohn, you may remember if you are of a certain age, was a highly scheming lawyer who crossed the bounds of legal ethics often. I think I have somewhere a nifty book Cohn wrote with all kinds of insider advice, including, if your marriage is looking troubled, how to sock away assets where they are untraceable.
The WP goes on, quote: -- The case of Roy Cohn is very instructive when it comes to understanding Trump’s soul. Joe McCarthy’s notorious chief counsel during his Senate investigations into communism was a key early mentor to Trump. The red-baiter visibly shaped the real estate mogul’s worldview and belligerent public persona, Michael Kruse explained in an excellent piece for Politico Magazine earlier this month.
“By the 1970s, when Trump was looking to establish his reputation in Manhattan, the elder Cohn had long before remade himself as the ultimate New York power lawyer, whose clientele included politicians, financiers and mob bosses. Cohn engineered the combative response to the Department of Justice’s suit alleging racial discrimination at the Trumps’ many rental properties in Brooklyn and Queens. He brokered the gargantuan tax abatements and the mob-tied concrete work that made the Grand Hyatt hotel and Trump Tower projects. He wrote the cold-hearted prenuptial agreement before the first of his three marriages.… To all of these deals, Cohn brought his political connections, his public posturing and a simple credo: Always attack, never apologize.”
BUT when Trump found out in the mid-1980s that his friend and associate had AIDS, he shifted legal business away from him and pushed him out of his inner circle. “Donald pisses ice water,” Cohn reportedly said. “Donald found out about it and just dropped him like a hot potato,” Bell, Cohn’s secretary, told Kruse. “It was like night and day.”